Schwickert, Three Nadadores Win Gold on Day 8 of Junior Nationals
Divers from the Mission Viejo Nadadores won three more junior nationals and Mik Schwickert of Clavadistas del Sol) also came away with gold as the USA Diving TYR Junior National Championships continued Sunday in Mission Viejo.
Zach Welsh won his third gold medal of the week and first individually after taking the boys’ 16-18 1-meter title, while Avery Giese picked up her second gold with a win in the girls’ 16-18 1-meter contest. Callie Fox won her first gold with first place in the girls’ 14-15 platform contest. Schwickert took first on 3-meter in the 14-15 boys’ age group.
Schwickert scored 437.70 points for gold in the 14-15 boys’ 3-meter contest, giving him his fourth career junior national title and third on 3-meter. Jackson Monus of ACES Diving won silver at 420.65 points, and Thibault Lede of Dominion Dive Club took third with 410.15 points.
Fox won the 14-15 girls’ platform event with 308.45 points, while Juliet Radich of Coral Springs Diving scored 300.50 points for silver. Elizabeth Bircher of Longhorn Aquatics finished third at 287.60 points.
Giese became a three-time junior national champion when she scored 439.05 points to win the girls’ 16-18 1-meter gold. She won 3-meter synchro earlier in the week and had previously won a 1-meter title in 2019. Katerina Hoffman of Knight Diving Academy scored 414.40 points the 16-18 1-meter silver, with Ella Roselli, who paired with Giese to win the 3-meter synchro gold, was third with 411.95 points in the 1-meter contest.
Welsh, who had already won two synchro titles earlier in the week, won the 16-18 boys’ 1-meter gold with 554.75 points. Holden Higbie of RipFest scored 535.85 points for silver, and Maxwell Miller of the Woodlands Diving Academy finished third with 531.00 points.
Competition at the USA Diving TYR Junior National Championships continues through August 1. Monday’s competition features the 14-15 boys and girls on 1-meter, the 16-18 boys on 3-meter and the 16-18 girls on platform.